ISSUE 39  |  Belgian Masters

Architect Visit: Verdickt & Verdickt’s Minimalist Greenhouse in the Woods

October 02, 2014 10:00 AM

BY Alexa Hotz

We first spotted Carl Verdickt’s Greenhouse back in 2009, and the project has been a favorite ever since. Antwerp-based Verdickt & Verdickt Architecten‘s super-reflective glass serves as a mirror to the forested setting in Asse, Belgium. To increase the reflection of the windows, glass was coated with a translucent polycarbonate layer. For more information on this treatment, visit Verdickt & Verdickt Architecten.

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Above: The exterior of the barn-style house on a sunny day. Photographs by Lander Loeckx, courtesy of Verdickt & Verdickt Architecten.

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Above: Replacing walls with windows brings the outdoors inside in all seasons.


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Above: The house was built with a reverse layout where the private quarters are mostly located below the main floor’s open floor plan; above sits a small section of private space as a lofted area.

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Above: A Vola faucet and the NO Fruit Pendant (see Design Sleuth: NO Fruit Pendant Light from Dark).

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Above: A revolving fireplace hangs in the center of the main living quarters.

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Above: Warm neon lighting is installed throughout the main floor.

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For a peek into greenhouse dining, see Into the Field: A Dinner in an Oslo Greenhouse.

N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on April 10, 2009.